Health minister hints money coming for insulin pump program

Dave Stewart
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Prince Edward Island Health Minister Doug Currie

Health Minister Doug Currie hinted this morning that Tuesday’s provincial budget might contain money to pay for an insulin pump program.

Currie took part in a press conference today where the Canadian Diabetes Association released the first-ever Diabetes Charter for Canada across the country.

The charter aims to empower Canadians with diabetes and their caregivers, while also providing governments with a standard of care to ensure there is comparable support for people living with the disease.

Currie would not officially commit to an announcement in Tuesday’s budget, instead referring to Premier Robert Ghiz’s promise last November that government would start paying for them.

Insulin pumps, which can cost more than $5,000, deliver regimented doses of the drug and are used to help keep blood sugar levels in the normal range to avoid serious complications.

P.E.I. is the only province in Canada without an insulin pump program.

“We’ll be formulating a number of new initiatives,’’ Currie said this morning. “The premier did make a statement in the fall sitting (of the legislature) with support for insulin pumps.’’

More later and in Tuesday's print and e-edition Guardian

Organizations: Canadian Diabetes Association, Diabetes Charter for Canada

Geographic location: Canada

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Recent comments

  • Lata
    April 08, 2014 - 22:47

    Thank you for the Good Hint. That is what we are waiting for. You will be helping a lot of people with Diabetes. I may be diagnosed with Cancer... not quite sure yet... getting testing done. Very thankful to one result.

  • whatever
    April 07, 2014 - 16:19

    I dont think he officially commits to anything does he ?

  • voter
    April 07, 2014 - 15:54

    he is probably reporting in from a hospital in Halifax or Moncton

  • Just Another Thing
    April 07, 2014 - 13:51

    Just another health benefit that us Islanders have to do with out even though we are the highest taxed people in Canada . Say's something for our PEI Government .